Man gets 10 years for fatal crash

Published 9:42am Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NORTHWOOD — A Kensett man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for his role in a crash that took the life of a Glenville man.

Michael Chodur
Michael Chodur

Michael Scott Chodur, 47, pleaded guilty in November to one felony count of vehicular homicide tied to the crash, which occurred north of Manly on Sept. 2, 2012.

Court documents stated Chodur operated his vehicle under the influence of amphetamines or methamphetamines.

Chodur and Lynn M. Weedman, 57, of Glenville, were eastbound on Worth County Road A39 west of U.S. Highway 65 near Manly in 1980 Chevrolet Corvettes when Chodur allegedly rear-ended Weedman’s vehicle, according to a crash report.

Weedman’s car went into the north ditch and caught fire, coming to rest on its wheels facing west. Chodur’s car came to rest in the middle of the highway facing east, where it also caught fire.

Weedman died of his injuries three days later on Sept. 5, 2012, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Chodur was also injured in the crash.

A Worth County District Court judge ordered Chodur to pay a $1,000 fine and pay $150,000 to Weedman’s estate.

The sentencing order stated Chodur will first be sent to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale, Iowa, which is a reception center for inmates.

He is required to provide a DNA sample to the Department of Correctional Services.